The Fitzroy Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1910 John William Crabtree, a grocer who’s premises were destroyed by an explosion on this day in 1910. Crabtree was taken to the Melbourne Hospital where he died. During the inquest to his death, Crabtree was found to be an escaped prison. In 1885, Crabtree had been sentenced to […]

Large Squads of Armed Police

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1949 Robert Whyte Sparks, 40 years old lunatic who was described as being 5ft 9in high with long dark hair, sallow complexion, protruding eyes with a tooth missing from his upper jaw, and walks with a stoop, escaped on this day in 1949, at 4am. Sparks escaped from a […]

Escape From Beechworth Lunatic Asylum

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1881 Michael Farly was committed on the 1st of September 1880, Farly was a farm at Lake Rowan, near Benalla, where he resided on a 100 arc. He escaped from the asylum on the 24th march 1881.    

Escape From Ararat Lunatic Asylum

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1883 David Chalmens was committed to Ararat Lunatic Asylum on the 14th of July 1869, by his brother Alex Chalmens. Chalmens was a Black Smith for the Port Phillip Mining Company in Clunes. On admission Chalmens was described but the Medical Superintendent Dr William Armstrong as Convalescent. Chalmens escaped […]

New Lighthouse at Point Lonsdale

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1902 The new £2252 lighthouse at a Point Lonsdale, mouth of Port Philip Bay, Victoria was lit for the first time on the evening of the 20th March 1902. The 24 metre high lighthouse had been under construction by builder George Coate for about 14 months. When the foundations […]

Cut in Half

On this day ………… 13th March 1909 A shocking accident, happened on this day in resulting in the death of Mr. George Whitaker, proprietor of the “Korumburra Times,” occurred near Loch. Mr. Whitaker, with four’ others, was returning from the Grantville Show in a buggy. When near Loch a team of horses, attached to a […]

Narrow Escape From Death

On this day ………… 3rd March 1913 A horse, which was being ridden along Arthur’s Creek road on this day in 1913 by Mr. Street, an orchardist, became unmanageable, and bolted. It attempted to jump Hurst bridge, which spans Diamond Creek, Melbourne, and in doing so, threw his rider over the bridge onto the bank […]

Escaped Leopard

On this day ………… 22nd February 1914 On this day in 1914 a leopard escaped from its cage at the Melbourne Zoological Gardens, and was found prowling outside the room in which the director’s three daughters were sleeping. The director rushed at the animal, which escaped from the grounds and wandered to the suburb of […]

“Black Caesar”

On this day ………… 15th February 1796 Australia’s first bushranger, John ‘Black’ Caesar, was shot on this day in 1796. John Caesar, nicknamed “Black Caesar” was Australia’s first bushranger. Most likely born in Madagascar, he was a slave on a sugar plantation until he escaped and headed for London. The theft of 240 shillings resulted […]

Two Lunatics On The Run

On this day ………… 14th February 1895 Two men who were confined in the criminal ward of tho Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Victoria escaped on the 14th of February 1895. One was Andrew Miller, aged 22, sentenced for robbery under arms, and the other Fredrick Wilson, aged 37, sentenced to death in connection with a rape […]

Tiger on the Loose

On this day ………… 4th February 1896 The Tantanoola Tiger was seen on this day in 1896 by Mr Higgins, while ridding from Thoona to Dookie in North East Victoria, at a place known as Maloney’s paddock. Mr Higgins saw a strange animal cross the road ahead of him. He described it as being of […]

Convict on the Run

On this day …….. 29th of January 1947 David Henry Ecketts, 32, broke out of Beechworth reformatory prison on this day. Ecketts was serving a two and a half years’ sentence for four counts housebreaking and stealing, larceny of a bicycle, and larceny from a dwelling. He was sentenced in April, 1945. He is described: […]